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"There'll be a growing disparity between economics and politics. An economy that grows so rapidly is intractably global. On the other hand, the current political system is intractably national. So there is a growing dichotomy between a global economy and locally based politics." - Walter Wriston

"Politics is the art of making your selfish desires seem like the national interest." - Thomas Sowell

"That's just silly. Closing a global business in reaction to single-issue national politics is foolish." - Dick Costolo

"That's just silly. Closing a global business in reaction to single-issue national politics is foolish." - Dick Costolo

"American politics is theatre. There is a frightening emotionalism at national conventions." - Robert Dallek

"National honor is national property of the highest value." - James Monroe

"I engage with local politics because it affects people I love. And I engage in national politics because it affects people I love." - Shane Claiborne

"I think Karl Rove saw that in George W. Bush early on and understood the impact that he could have on Texas politics and probably on national politics." - Ed Gillespie

"politics can be an ugly game, and in a national election the stakes get higher while the tactics get lower." - Geraldine Ferraro

"Politics makes strange post-masters." - Kin Hubbard

"The happy ending is our national belief." - Mary Mccarthy

"I may be a sleeping politician. But one should know that a sleeping politician is always awake about national politics. I am not like politicians who sleep on national issues though they may be awake physically." - H. D. Deve Gowda

"REPRESENTATIVE, n. In national politics, a member of the Lower House in this world, and without discernible hope of promotion in the next." - Ambrose Bierce

"It's easy to follow national politics and weigh in on social media, but if I'm tweeting stuff about Chatham County, no one cares." - John Darnielle

"Chris Christie's rise in politics in New Jersey, in many ways, was built on his takedown of Charles Kushner. He got national headlines for that prosecution." - Steve Kornacki

"It's a national failing to think of politics as something that goes on in Parliament. It isn't; it's something that goes on inside us." - Brian Aldiss

"When we say, even in a global village, that all politics is local, we mean that national sovereignties are the only reliable source of political authority." - Michael Ignatieff

"Politics is made up largely of irrelevancies." - Dalton Camp

"Politics is more difficult than physics." - Albert Einstein

"There are no personal sympathies in politics." - Margaret Thatcher

"Politics is largely a matter of heart." - Rab Butler

"History without politics descends to mere Literature." - John Robert Seeley

"Good politics are often inextricably intertwined." - Mo Udall

"Those against politics are in favor of the politics inflicted upon them." - Bertolt Brecht

"Michael Jackson National African American Art Examiner Series" - Aberjhani

"Patriotism is the vital condition of national permanence." - George William Curtis

"Violence as a way of gaining power... is being camouflaged under the guise of tradition, national honor [and] national security..." - Alfred Adler

"National isolation breeds national neurosis." - Hubert Humphrey

"National isolation breeds national neurosis." - Hubert H Humphrey

"In Latin America the border between soccer and politics is vague. There is a long list of governments that have fallen or been overthrown after the defeat of the national team." - Luis Suarez

"Now that the 2014 elections are over and national politics is all about 2016, Democrats have good reason to worry that, for all his success at the polls, President Obama will leave his party with a toxic legacy." - Byron York

"Women are still chronically underrepresente d in U.S. politics, at both a local and national level. But there's one city, where those three top jobs will be filled by women for the next year, and that city is Washington, D.C." - Chuck Todd

"Motivated more by partisan politics than by national security, todays Democratic leaders see America as an occupier, not a liberator. And nothing makes this Marine madder than someone calling American troops occupiers rather than liberators." - Zell Miller

"You bet being funny helps accomplish things. I've always maintained that people don't realize how many brain cells it takes to be funny. And politics ought to be fun - after baseball it's our next favorite national pastime." - Ann Richards

"Commodities such as gold and silver have a world market that transcends national borders, politics, religions, and race. A person may not like someone else's religion, but he'll accept his gold." - Robert Kiyosaki

"I still remember vividly watching television coverage of the Democratic National Convention in the summer of 1992 (when he was 17) when Bill Clinton got the nomination. That was certainly a part of my growing interest in politics." - Josh Earnest

"In Europe, even more so than in national politics, we have to follow the principle laid down by Martin Luther: Use language that the people will understand, but don't just tell them what they want to hear." - Jean-Claude Juncker

"National defense is one of the cardinal duties of a statesman, and that there is an obligation to perform such a duty absolutely irrespective of party politics or factional differences." - John Adams

"There has always been in our national experience a type of mind which elevates hatred to a kind of creed; for this mind, group hatreds take a place in politics similar to the class struggle in some other modern societies." - Richard Hofstadter

"In my fool hardy youth, when my friends were dreaming of heroic deeds in the realms of engineering and law, finance and national politics, I dreamt of becoming a librarian." - Alberto Manguel

"I remember my dad supporting everyone on the local and national level. I was pretty much born into it. I saw the importance of politics firsthand. It gave you a chance to be at the table." - Nicole Avant

"I really don't have a lot of interest in national politics, and it's because I'm a skeptic. I think you can accomplish a lot more locally. I don't want to spin the wheels and not get anything done." - Ron Conway

"National politics and elections are dominated by emotions, by lack of self-confidence, by fear of the other, by insecurity, by infection of the body politic by the virus of victimhood." - Tariq Ramadan

"I was in elective politics for 24 years. I've made four national races, two for President, two for Vice President. I have found there are other ways to serve, and I'm enjoying them." - Al Gore

"Motivated more by partisan politics than by national security, today's Democratic leaders see America as an occupier, not a liberator. And nothing makes this Marine madder than someone calling American troops occupiers rather than liberators." - Zell Miller

"I like Ronald Reagan, who didn't play crass politics, and he just articulated and delivered on broad themes that were needed. Free markets meant free markets. Deregulation. Lower tax rates. Strong national defense. And he was credible and believable." - Dave Brat

"We're all looking for an authentic way to be engaged in the community, engaged in politics, engaged in national discussion - and so, we're clunky. We're all clunky. But it's better than not doing it." - Mona Simpson

"It isn't fate but fecklessness that has shoved Sarah Palin to the sidelines of national politics. The real tragedy is that she's taken a lot of other serious Republican women with her." - Dee Dee Myers

"Politics ought to be the part-time profession of every citizen who would protect the rights and privileges of free people and who would preserve what is good and fruitful in our national heritage." - Dwight D Eisenhower

"If I were in politics, I'd make both left and right sit down and make good decisions about national health. It's a huge problem, and it is something we all should be part of." - Helen Mccrory

"The 2008 election settled nothing, not even for a while. Our national politics are reflecting what appears to be going on geologically, on the bottom of the oceans and beneath the crust of the Earth: the tectonic plates are moving." - Peggy Noonan

"Commodities such as gold and silver have a world market that transcends national borders, politics, religions, and race. A person may not like someone else's religion, but he'll accept his gold." - Robert Kiyosaki

"Remember, it is the president's constitutional duty to provide a strong national defense. Don't insert politics into national security. Listen to your ground commanders. They know better than anyone what our military's needs are. Have somebody strong at home who can provide you with needed support 'off the battle field.'" - Ryan Zinke

"Here in India, it is religion that forms the very core of the national heart. It is the backbone, the bed-rock, the foundation upon which the national edifice has been built. Politics, power, and even intellect form a secondary consideration here. Religion, therefore, is the one consideration in India." - Swami Vivekananda

"Obama's decision to leave, to not sustain the victory that resulted after eight years of fighting, from 2003 to 2011 in Iraq, was another incredibly stupid decision. It was totally based on politics, not based on any notion of national security. It's a nightmare for our national security. And then you have the Libya intervention." - Michael T. Flynn

"To abstain from politics is in itself a political attitude." - Simone De Beauvoir

"In politics, what begins in fear usually ends in folly." - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

"Politics is the most concentrated expression of economics." - Vladimir Lenin

"Is politics nothing other than the art of deliberately lying?" - Voltaire

"Politics is tricky, especially in Jamaica. There are two parties, JLP [Jamaica Labour Party] and PNP [People's National Party], and if I went for one, I would upset supporters of the other. I stay as far from politics as I can." - Usain Bolt

"I'm not driven to get back into politics. It's not on my top five things to do before I die, but saying that, I may be in politics in the next year or the next ten years. I've been on the front line for 12 years, four in state government, eight on the national level." - J C Watts

"Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn't mean politics won't take an interest in you!" - Pericles

"Politics deserves much praise. Politics is a preoccupations of free men, and its existences is a test of freedom." - Bernard Crick

"I am interested in politics so that one day I will not have to be interested in politics." - Ayn Rand

"Just because you are not interested in politics, does not mean that politics is not interested in you." - Pericles

"I thank heaven we have had baseball in this world... the kids... our national pastime." - Babe Ruth

"Baseball is our national pastime, that is if you discount political campaigning." - Ronald Reagan

"And now, in the interest of equal time, here is a message from the National" - George Carlin

"...Skyscraper National Park" - Kurt Vonnegut

"Matt Cooke may be the worst fighter in the history of the National Hockey League." - Dave Nonis

"The Gross National Product measures everything except that which makes life worthwhile" - Robert Kennedy

"The Constitution is the sole source and guaranty of national freedom." - Calvin Coolidge

"Politics is a way of ruling in divided societies without undue violence...politics is not just a necessary evil; it is a realistic good." - Bernard Crick

"When we win on an issue we call it leadership. When we lose, we call it politics. Practicing politics simply means increasing your options for effective results." - John Eldred

"Politics are vulgar when they are not liberalised by history, and history fades into mere literature when it loses sight of its relation to practical politics." - John Robert Seeley

"Politics needs a flexible mind, for it has no immutable or eternal rules. In politics immutable or eternal rules lead to inevitable and swift defeat." - Georgi Plekhanov

"The best politics is no politics." - Henry M Jackson

"Power is global and politics is local. That must change. We need a new language for understanding new global power formations as well as new international modes of politics to fight them. Social movements must move outside of national boundaries and join with others across the globe to fight the savagery of neoliberal global politics and central to such a task is the work of intellectuals, artists, cultural workers, and others who can fashion new tools and social movements in the fight against the current anti-democratic threats being imposed all over the globe." - Henry Giroux

"Look, I don't mind if the President sends a budget which he knows is not going to achieve anything. But when he prefaces his remarks as we just saw by saying we have to put politics aside, posing again as the one person in the country who rises above partisanship and party, speaks for the national interest, it's really grating." - Charles Krauthammer

"The Australian sees itself not as a mere newspaper, but as a player in the game of national politics, calling upon the vast resources of the Murdoch empire and the millions of words it has available to it to try to make and unmake governments." - Robert Manne

"We have arrived at socialized medicine in America. I do not report this as either a good or bad event but simply as something that has happened with hardly anyone realizing it. This is the first result - and probably the most important - of the national health care debate launched last week by President Clinton. Our politics and economy will never again be the same." - Robert J. Samuelson

"You must keep your honor! You can't speak for the country; you can do little about the national economy or actions of moral weaklings who excuse themselves with the expression, "That is politics; nor can you be responsible for deception in others. But you are responsible for yourself! There are no collective panaceas - only individual ones."" - Ezra Taft Benson

"I'm a committed Republican. I believe very strongly in individual liberty. I tend not to think much in terms of group politics. I really am a kind of small government person and I'm most certainly a fiscal conservative and strong on national defense." - Condoleezza Rice

"What I value most about Pastor Wright is not his day-to-day political advice. He's much more of a sounding board for me to make sure that I am speaking as truthfully about what I believe as possible and that I'm not losing myself in some of the hype and hoopla and stress that's involved in national politics." - Barack Obama

"I was previously involved in local and state politics, but not national, because grassroots democracy starts at the bottom. This was the breaking point for me, though - and it made the case that in order to fight locally, we have to fight nationally; we can't afford to neglect any area of life in this democracy." - Jill Stein

"The last thing I'd say is that you can achieve a lot of things in politics. You can get a lot of things done. And that, in the end - the public service, the national interest: that is what it's all about. Nothing is really impossible if you put your mind to it. After all, as I once said: I was the future once." - David Cameron

"We also have to engage - and I think this is important - in national politics because there is no way to address questions of this scale in the short time that we have to address them without engaging in real political change." - Bill Mckibben

"My assessment is that we have a crisis in national political leadership. When will America recognize the danger we face? When will the corrosive partisanship of American politics end and allow for a bipartisan solution to arguably the most dangerous threat our nation has faced in over 60 years?" - Ricardo Sanchez

"The spirit may triumph where politics (the League and the United Nations), socio-political faiths such as Marxism, Italian Fascism and German National-Socialism - all have failed. I see our only hope in faith, charity, and in humbling ourselves before man and God." - Patrick White

"But if a peaceful world is beyond politics it is also beyond religions as these presently exist. A change is needed in every phase of human life. This lies mainly in recognition that the micro phase, the particular or national traditions, must find their context and fulfillment in the macro phase, the global or panhuman phase of human existence." - Thomas Berry

"It was Reagan who began the realignment of American politics, making the Republicans into internationalist Jeffersonians with his speech in London at the Palace of Westminster in 1982, which led to the creation of the National Endowment for Democracy and the emergence of democracy promotion as a central goal of United States foreign policy." - Michael Ignatieff

"Inflammatory passion and selfish interest characterizes most men, whereas ambition characterizes men who pursue and hold national office. Such men rise from the people through a process of self-selection, since politics is a dirty business that discourages all but the most ambitious." - Tom Cotton

"It's not that I'm universally loved. We know I'm not in New Jersey. But what they do say in New Jersey is, 'We like him, and we think he's telling us the truth.' I think we need to have that type of politics on the national level." - Chris Christie

"We have to be bold in our national ambitions. First, we must win the fight against poverty within the next decade. Second, we must improve moral standards in government and society to provide a strong foundation for good governance. Third, we must change the character of our politics to promote fertile ground for reforms." - Gloria Macapagalarroyo

"In the course of his long, turbulent career, W. E. B. Du Bois attempted virtually every possible solution to the problem of twentieth-century racism...scholarship, propaganda, integration, national self-determination, human rights, cultural and economic separatism, politics, international communism, expatriation, third world solidarity." - David Levering Lewis

"Big money and big business, corporations and commerce, are again the undisputed overlords of politics and government. The White House, the Congress and, increasingly, the judiciary, reflect their interests. We appear to have a government run by remote control from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers and the American Petroleum Institute. To hell with everyone else." - Bill Moyers

"I am a very simple man. I am a man first, an artist second. My first obligation is to the welfare of my fellow man. I will endeavour to meet this obligation through music, since it transcends language, politics and national boundaries." - Pablo Casals

"The raids on Freedom House, the National Democratic Institute and International Republican Institute, the Adenauer Foundation, and other groups helping Egyptians move toward respect for democratic politics and human rights were of a piece with the practices of Hosni Mubarak - only bolder and more repressive." - Elliott Abrams

"Talk of citizenship today is often thin and tinny. The word has a faintly old-fashioned feel to it when used in everyday conversation. When evoked in national politics, it's usually accompanied by the shrill whine of a descending culture-war mortar." - Eric Liu

"One thing I've been thinking about is taking the social issues out of national politics. For example, if Georgia wanted abortion and Alabama didn't, that's going to be up to the people in Georgia. I can't sway them. Would I give them advice not to? Absolutely. Would I say it's wrong? Yes." - Joe Wurzelbacher

"Those who oppose all reform will do well to remember that ruin in its worst form is inevitable if our national life brings us nothing better than swollen fortunes for the few and the triumph in both politics and business of a sordid and selfish materialism." - Theodore Roosevelt

"Obama seemed poised to realign American politics after his stunning 2008 victory. But the economy remains worse than even the administration's worst-case scenarios, and the long legislative battles over health care reform, financial services reform and the national debt and deficit have taken their toll. Obama no longer looks invincible." - Dee Dee Myers

"Unskilled in sophistry and new to the darker ways of national politics, Grover Cleveland faced his accusers, his slanderers, and his judges, the sovereign people, conscious of the general rectitude of his life, and courageously determined to bear the burdens of his sins in so far as guilt was his." - Grover Cleveland

"Politics is the art of achieving prestige and power without merit." - P. J. O'Rourke

"The only thing that could possibly save British politics would be Margaret Thatcher's assassin." - Steven Morrissey

"Politics is a jungle-torn between doing the right thing and staying in office." - John F Kennedy

"The justification of majority rule in politics is not to be found in its ethical superiority." - Walter Lippmann

"An honest man in politics shines more there than he would elsewhere." - Mark Twain

"I now want more time to devote to politics and more freedom to do so." - Tony Benn

"Politics are not my concern.... They impressed me as a dog's life without a dog's decencies." - Rudyard Kipling

"I don't like politics especially in chess. All I want is promote chess 24/7." - Susan Polgar

"It's true that in chess as in politics, fund-raising and glad-handing matter." - Garry Kasparov

"Politics: Poli a Latin word meaning many and tics meaning bloodsucking creatures." - Robin Williams

"Gods and politics are the tools with which the godless and unprincipled manipulate the gullible." - Janet Morris

"In politics, there's a fine line between too much conviction and too little." - Robert J. Samuelson

"Politics is, for me, forgive and -as you may have heard- sometimes forget." - Ronald Reagan

"Politics make strange bedfellows." - Charles Dudley Warner

"Face the truth squarely. In politics that is always the best and the only correct attitude." - Vladimir Lenin

"Honesty in politics is the result of strength; hypocrisy is the result of weakness." - Vladimir Lenin

"There is nothing in which the power of circumstances is more evident than in politics." - Benjamin Disraeli

"Those who would tread politics and morality apart will never understand the one or the other." - John Morley

"Politics make me sick" - William Howard Taft

"Everybody in politics lies." - David Geffen

"Courage is indispensible because in politics not life but the world is at stake." - Hannah Arendt

"If churches want to play the game of politics, let them pay admission like everyone else." - George Carlin

"All politics is local." - Tip O'Neill

"Everything that steel achieves in war can be won in politics by eloquence." - Demetrius

"Politics makes strange postmasters." - Kin Hubbard

"To succeed in politics, it is often necessary to rise above your principles." - Anonymous

"Definition of Politics: Poli in latin meaning many and tics meaning blood-sucking parasites." - Anonymous

"Politics makes estranged bedfellows." - Goodman Ace

"Politics is applied biology." - Ernst Haeckel

"Politics is cyclical." - Darrell Issa

"Architecture is politics." - Mitchell Kapor

"All politics is local." - Thomas P Oneill

"Country comes before politics." - Jerry Springer

"Neutrality is not politics." - Eleftherios Venizelos

"Politics makes me sick." - William Howard Taft

"Politics is compromise." - Paddy Ashdown

"Politics has become entertainment." - Joe Eszterhas

"Politics is applesauce." - Will Rogers

"I'm not in politics." - David Attenborough

"Politics disgusts me." - Brigitte Bardot

"I love politics." - Wolf Blitzer

"Politics ruins the character." - Otto Von Bismarck

"Anything's possible in politics." - Pat Robertson

"I'm not into politics." - David Stern

"Politics makes strange bedfellows." - Charles Dudley Warner

"Everything is politics." - Thomas Mann

"I don't like politics." - William



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